Starting Monday Windows Phone 7 smartphones go on sale in the U.S. with many models debuting at bargain prices - if you know where to shop.
AT&T and T-Mobile started selling three Windows Phone 7 devices for $199 each with a new two-year contract. AT&T has the HTC Surround and the Samsung Focus, while T-Mobile has the HTC HD7. The Samsung Focus has a 4-inch display, the HTC HD7 boosts an even bigger screen at 4.3-inches, while the HTC Surround has a 3.8-inch display. All three phones run on 1GHz processors. Click on the chart to the right to see Microsoft's comparison of the three phones.
Bargain shoppers can get one of these phones cheaper though. The Dell Mobility Store lists the HTC Surround with AT&T for $149.99 (shipping in 2-3 days), while on Amazon you can get the same phone for $99.99. The LG Quantum comes at $149.99 from the Dell Mobility Store, or at $99.99 from Amazon Wireless.
In total six Windows Phone 7 devices will be available in the U.S. this month. The other three devices are the LG Quantum from AT&T, the HTC 7 Pro on Sprint and the Dell Venue Pro on T-Mobile. Dell has not yet said when the Venue Pro (aka Lightning) will be available, but rumor has it the device will be available in Microsoft's seven retail stores from Monday. Click on the chart to see our comparison between the six Windows Phone 7 devices and the iPhone 4 from Apple and the Motorola Droid X on Verizon.
Before you decide to spend your hard-earned cash on a Windows Phone 7, the first reviews of the new OS and phones are mixed. The innovative Metro interface received praises from reviewers, but several missing features like multitasking, copy/paste and Flash support dragged down Microsoft's OS in the rakings.
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